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PNS Daily Newscast - November 25, 2020 

Feeding hungry families, on Thanksgiving and beyond; and is that turkey really from a family farm? (Note to Broadcasters: The newscast has been granted a holiday for Thanksgiving, but we'll return first thing Friday.)

2020Talks - November 25, 2020 

CORRECTED 2:30pm MST 11/25 - Linda Thomas-Greenfield would be the second Black woman in US UN Ambassador role, Susan Rice was the first. Biden nominees speak; how can social media spread less misinformation and be less polarizing. *2020Talks will not be released 11/26 & 11/27*

Archive: August 21, 2020

The Maine Legislature ended its session on March 17 due to COVID-19, also allowing Gov. Janet Mills to spend millions of dollars without specific legislative approval. (Wikipedia/Creative Commons)

AUGUSTA, Maine -- Eighty-five percent of Maine voters want the state Legislature to return for a special session, according to a new survey. Mainers for Working Families commissioned the poll of 500 voters to help understand their views about COVID-19 and various policy ideas. The Maine Legislatur ...Read More

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SPOKANE, Wash. -- AARP has awarded Community Challenge grants to four projects in Washington state. The grants go to projects that make communities more livable for people of all ages - and that can be turned around quickly. Among the winners is the Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners, which ha ...Read More

In 1919, Wisconsin was the first state to ratify the 19th Amendment. In the next year, 35 other states followed that lead, paving the way for women's right to vote. (

MADISON, Wis. -- Next week formally marks the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote in the United States. Wisconsin played an important role in the 19th Amendment, but there is mixed history behind the movement that's still playing out. Tennessee often gets attention as the last state needed ...Read More

A new West Virginia state law requires a faster hearing if a defendant with a low-level misdemeanor charge can't afford bail. (Adobe Stock)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- A coalition of prison reform groups is asking court officials in West Virginia to make better use of the newly passed bail reform law to lower jail populations and reduce the spread of COVID-19. The call comes just days after multiple novel coronavirus cases were confirmed in ...Read More

West Hartford will be getting more pedestrian crossings, thanks to a Community Challenge grant from AARP. (dconnors/Morguefile)

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Civic-minded groups in three Connecticut communities will see a cash infusion to make public spaces more accessible to people of all ages and abilities. They've each won a "Community Challenge" grant from AARP. Anna Doroghazi, associate state director for advocacy and outreach ...Read More

One in five nurses in a new survey said they plan to leave their jobs within a year. (Adobe Stock)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The burnout experienced by Illinois nurses on the front lines of the pandemic is apparently nothing new. In a survey of hospitals in Illinois and New York taken just before the arrival of COVID-19, half of nurses scored in the "high-burnout" range as the result of their workload ...Read More

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh says he doesn't trust Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's claims that he'll end cost-cutting measures in the U.S. Postal Service. (Wikimedia Commons)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- As Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testifies in a Senate hearing today about controversial cost-cutting measures, Maryland's Attorney General Brian Frosh says the lawsuit that he and other AGs filed against the U.S. Postal Service this week will continue as planned. Speaking Wedne ...Read More

The report says allowing rejection of qualified foster parents solely on religious grounds jeopardizes enforcement of nondiscrimination laws. (anna_gorbenko/Adobe Stock)

PHILADELPHIA -- Creating a religious exemption to anti-discrimination laws could have far-reaching, negative effects - that's the conclusion of a new report on a case soon to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. The City of Philadelphia refused to renew its contract with Catholic Social Services, ...Read More

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